|• Mayor||Alfons Haag (CDU)|
|• Total||34.46 km2 (13.31 sq mi)|
|Elevation||90 m (300 ft)|
|• Density||450/km2 (1,200/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
|Dialling codes||06206, 06245|
- 1 Geography
- 2 History
- 3 Population development
- 4 Politics
- 5 Transport and infrastructure
- 6 Economy
- 7 Famous people
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Bürstadt’s Ortsteile are Bobstadt, Bürstadt and Riedrode. Each of the two outlying centres lies roughly one kilometre from Bürstadt.
The name Bürstadt comes from Bisos Stätte (“Biso’s Stead”). Biso was a Frankish prince who had holdings in the area.
Bürstadt lies in one of the most culture- and history-laden of Germany’s old domains. Conditioned by the Rhine rift’s fertile soil and wealth in wildlife and biodiversity, the Rhine’s upper bank was already settled very early on.
A 1.35 m-high monolith that stands in Bürstadt’s municipal area, the so-called Sackstein (menhir from the late New Stone Age. Barrows in the Bürstadt woods have yielded some finds that can be dated to Hallstatt times. Also worthy of note are a number of finds from early La Tène times, for example a beaker shaped by hand with finger impressions dating from about 500 BC. Moreover, remains of an extensive Roman settlement can be found on the edge of the Bürstadt woods. For the traveller, Bürstadt, where there was once a Carolingian royal court, lay halfway between the Nibelungenstadt (city connected with the Nibelungenlied) of Worms, founded by Celts, and the former Lorsch Abbey.), is probably a
This abbey was founded in 764 in nearby Lorsch by Count Kankor, and from the 9th to 12th centuries it was among Germany’s biggest Benedictine abbeys. On 1 November 767, Bürstadt had its first documentary mention in a donation document. In 776, Eufemia, Count Kankor’s daughter, donated her holdings in Villa et marca Babestat to the Lorsch Abbey. Her brother Heimerich, too, bequeathed his property in Bobstadt to the Abbey in 782, thus giving Bobstadt its first documentary mention.
In 789 came the Boxheimerhof’s first documentary mention. This was a Lorsch monastic estate, and it appeared under the name Villa wizzilin or Wizzelai. By 1275, it already bore the name Boxheim.
In late April 873, at Whitsun, King Louis the German held his Imperial Assembly (placitum) in Bürstadt. There were negotiations with Danish King Siegfried’s legation and a reception for Great Moravian Prince Svatopluk’s envoy. Furthermore, it was here that Louis reconciled with his sons.
In 1232, Bürstadt passed, along with the Lorsch Imperial Abbey to the Archbishopric of Mainz. In 1427, Bobstadt was enfeoffed to the Lords of Wattenheim, but with Peter von Wattenheim’s death in 1440, the holdings passed back to the monastery at Worms. In 1443, Bishop Johann of Worms gave the village and court of Bobstadt to Konrad von Frankenstein, who was the first feudal lord from the Frankenstein noble family in the Amt zum Stein in a line that was to last until 1780.
In the Thirty Years' War (1618–1648), all houses in Bürstadt were burnt down. For almost ten years, the village had no inhabitants. In 1618 it had roughly 700 people, and by the war’s end, only 154. In 1623, Bürstadt passed back to the Archbishopric of Mainz, and Catholicism was thereby reintroduced. In 1732, building work began on St. Michael’s, a Baroque church.
In 1780, Bobstadt was once again in the Worms Amt of Lampertheim (formerly Amt Stein). With the dissolution of the Electorate of Mainz, Bürstadt passed to the Grand Duchy of Hesse.
On 3 November 1824, the Reuterdeich, a levee on the Rhine near Nordheim, broke, and the floods overwhelmed the Ried (upper part of the Rhine rift). The flooding hit Bobstadt hard.
In May 1882, Peter Itzel, a Catholic priest from St. Michael’s, was stabbed to death by day labourer Fischbach, giving Bürstadt a bad reputation and the nickname Messerstecher (“Knifer”)
On 10 July 1936 came the dedication of the first Erbhofdorf (“Heritage Farming Village”) in Hesse, Riedrode. Twenty-eight families took ownership of 28 farms. This was all in accordance with the National Socialist eichserbhofgesetz, or “Reich Heritage Farming Law” (See: Blood and soil).
In 1967, Bürstadt was granted town rights. In 2005, the world’s biggest rooftop photovoltaic system was brought into service in Bürstadt (40 000 m2 roof area; 5 MW output). The same year, Bürstadt became the German champion in the Solarbundesliga (category: 10,000-100,000 inhabitants). In 2006, Bürstadt won the gold medal in the Entente Florale contest.
On 22 February 2007, the foundation was laid for one of Germany’s biggest biogas facilities with an output of roughly 2.2 MW, and on 5–7 September 2008, the EnergieTrends+ fair was held for the first time.
- Riedrode (15 May 1971)
Former parts of town
- 1806: 1,357
- 1867: 2,765
- 1925: 7,144
- 1988: 15,214
- 2004: 15,308
- 2005: 15,427
- 2006: 15,973
- 2007: 16,095
The municipal election held on 26 March 2006 yielded the following results:
|Parties and voter communities||%
|CDU||Christian Democratic Union of Germany||57.7||18||61.6||23|
|SPD||Social Democratic Party of Germany||31.1||10||38.4||14|
|FDP||Free Democratic Party||11.2||3||–||–|
|Voter turnout in %||44.1||56.9|
Since 1989, Alfons Haag (CDU) has been the town’s mayor.
Coat of arms
The town’s arms might be described thus: Gules a cross pattée fitchy argent, the chief bendy lozengy argent and azure.
The Lorsch cross fitchy (that is, with a point on the bottom arm) recalls the time from 767 to 1262 when the town was one of the Abbey’s holdings. In 1461, Bürstadt was pledged to the Electorate of the Palatinate, hence the chief with the bendy lozengy (that is, made up of slanted diamonds of alternating tinctures) pattern. In 1632, the town passed back to the Electorate of Mainz, and in 1803 belonged to the Grand Duchy of Hesse, hence the red field behind the cross.
Bürstadt received the right to bear these arms when it was also granted town rights in 1967.
- Krieglach, Styria, Austria, since 1974
- Wittelsheim, Haut-Rhin, France, since 1982
- Minano, Saitama, Japan (“friendship agreement”), since 1984
- Glauchau, Saxony, since 1991
Transport and infrastructure
Bürstadt railway station lies at the junction of the Riedbahn and Nibelungenbahn railways (Mannheim-Frankfurt am Main and Worms-Bensheim), giving the station services in all four cardinal compass directions.
Frankfurt Airport is roughly 60 km or 36 miles from town.
- Solar-heated outdoor swimming pool
- Athletics facility with 6-lane Tartan track
- VfR Bürstadt Football stadium with a 500-seat grandstand
- Artificial turf sporting ground in Riedrode
- Jugendhaus Schillers (“Youth House”)
Bürstadt has been since 2004 the location of the world’s biggest rooftop photovoltaic system (5 MW from 40 000 m2 roof area), built on a local logistics business’s roof.
Furthermore, Bürstadt is also the location of a 380 kV transmission substation run by RWE AG, which was brought into service as one of the first such facilities of this capacity in Germany on 4 October 1957 in the course of bringing Germany’s first 380 kV transmission line (Rommerskirchen-Bürstadt-Hoheneck) into service.
Sons and daughters of the town
- Ilona Dörr (b. 1948), politician
- Ingrid Schmidt (b. 1955), President of the Federal Labour Court
People connected with Bürstadt
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Bürstadt.|
- www.buerstadt.de Town’s official webpage (German)
- Bürstadt at DMOZ (German)
- OpenStreetMap-street map of Bürstadt
- This article incorporates information from the German Wikipedia.